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New New or Novell Novell



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September 3, 2006 10:29 am

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People talk about the new Novell, the company that has been changing from the arrogant PC Networking company to the Linux, Identity and Access Management and Resource Management company we are now. Well, as a Novell employee I have seen Novell changing during the last few years, a change of focus, change of platform and a change in the way the company has it’s focus to the customer. But there is something weird with the phrase “the new Novell”.

On Wikipedia I found the following:

The name for the company Novell was suggested by George Canova’s wife who mistakenly thought that “Novell” meant “new” in French. (In fact, the feminine singular of “new” in French is “nouvelle”).

So if Novell already means new, should we then say New New, or Novell Novell 😉

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  1. By:Jeff Johnson

    Hey I have not seen that Novell logo in forever! I remember using it as wallpaper for a time. Thanks for bringing back some old memories.

  2. By:Martni Irwin

    Wasn’t it also when we started talking about “Digital Me” Hmm, a company in Lindon Utah is attempting to sell a similiar concept even now. Long after NOvell changed its logo this banner stood out over the North Sydney skyline from the top of the old NOvell building. Strange how the simnple economics of taking it down can halt some of the most agreesive marketers. I think we’ve finaly removed it thank-fully.

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